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Makeup Wars: it Cosmetics CC Radiance Palette

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For this edition of Makeup Wars, we are all talking about the it Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette.

I don’t know if you are very familiar with it Cosmetics or not, but I got to know them from watching founder Jamie Lima introduce it on QVC. Jamie suffers from Rosacea like I do, so it is always amazing to see her using her products to cover and reduce the appearance of the redness. In addition, she makes sure to include the latest in anti-aging technologies in her products, which is a must for me nowadays.

When I heard about the new CC+ Radiance Palette, which is good for color correcting (*hence that CC+ part of the name), brightening, bronzing and blushing, I knew I wanted to try it out.

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Have you guys heard the quote “Use the right tool for the job”? It means that what you are doing will go smoother and easier when you use the best thing to make it happen. It really applies (*see what I did there?) to using the right brushes with this palette, in my case. With my redness, I have to be careful about applying my blush pretty specifically. With the angled French Boutique Blush Brush I was able to get a light application just where I wanted it to be. And, I think we all remember when I showed off my bronzer skills, right? Well, the Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush actually makes that pretty difficult for me to screw up so much now. It let me apply a lot less at a time, to build up to heavy, of which I am too lazy to do. So, a light application really works for me. Of course, my skills still aren’t the greatest, but, this is a big improvement.

But, my favorite of the three powders is the Brightening one. It warms up my sallow skin, but not in a sparkly vampire kind of way. And, because it doesn’t have any talc in it, it doesn’t make my skin itch to where I want to scratch it off 5 minutes after putting it on. It’s also so hella easy to put on with the Heavenly brush, that I can slap it on with my eyeliner and mascara and I am set for the day, even without thinking about it.

All of this and anti-aging ingredients, too? Yeah, I think I’m set for the winter with this palette. What about you guys? Do you have any specific face brightening items you use to get thru the dank Winter? Let me know below, and then you need to go check out what the other lovelies said on their sites about the palette.


*Disclaimer: These products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration.

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Makeup Wars: The $30 Face

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For this edition of Makeup Wars we set a limit of creating a face look for $30 or less. It was like the $20 Makeup Challenge we did a long time ago, but the extra $10 gave us a little more leeway. (*But, I still stuck to one of my tried and true cheap brands.) However, this time, I didn’t do a video – or even take a face pic. Spending the last 5 week pretty much housebound does not lend itself to photographic evidence – my pallor would make even Michael Baden would be worried about me!

Anyway, after all this time, I am finally going back to work, so, I decided to use this time to treat myself to some new goodies. So I headed over to Target to pick up some new elf goodies.

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As you can see, I came in pretty sweetly under the $30 mark, but, I didn’t include a tinted moisturizer or a foundation, because, since it is still almost 100deg here in Oklahoma, NOTHING full face survives. It melts like ice cream on hot concrete. However, if I was going to get one, I would have skipped the blotting powders and gotten a TM for $3.04 & still been on budget. (*Note: elf has slowly been raising their prices, but this $.04 raise is odd. Maybe as inexpensive as the products are, that really makes a difference to the bottom line. *shrug*)

And, since it IS that hot, I went ahead and bought items that I think will try to beat the heat, at least on an individual basis. Plus, there were some new items, and highly rated items, that I really wanted to try, so this totally gave me an excuse.

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Shine Eraser: These are indispensable when I start “glistening” on my upper lip, which is pretty much as soon as I walk out of my bathroom.

Studio Makeup Mist & Set: This is a much cheaper version of the MUFE and Skindinavia setting sprays, which buys you some time before your face starts to melt in the heat.

HD Blush in “Encore”: This cream cheek stain is a much cheaper version of the discontinued MUFE HD Blush, if you are missing that one. Plus, even as it wears off, color still remains thru the melting.

Lip Stain in “Fuchsia Fusion”: This isn’t moisturizing, but the color does last in the heat.

Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in “Sangria Starters”: This doesn’t last super long, but it goes over the lip stain for a glossy look, that the stain doesn’t give.

Eyelid Primer in “Sheer”: If you are going to make any eyeshadow last, an eyelid liner is a must. And for $1 this one does a hell of a job, for at least 6 hours on me.

Eyebrow Kit in “Medium”: Seriously, this kit has been talked about all over. It’s ridiculously good and even works better than some of the more expensive kits. And, it doesn’t melt on me. YMMV.

3-in-1 Mascara: This one has a ball on the end, like the high $$ mascara, so I thought that would be fun to try/poke my eye out for a lot less. I really have no clue how this one works in the heat. Guess I will find out!

Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in “Coffee”: A waterproof eyeliner is a must, because when I’m sweating and it drips in my eyes, I can NOT stand to have my eyeliner move into my eye too.

Concealer in “Beige”: Even tho I don’t use a full face of TM or foundation, I still have spots that need to be covered so I will blot this on and blend in with a tiny brush. As long as it dries down before I head out, it tends to last a pretty long time on me.

Flawless Eyeshadow in “Tantalizing Taupe”: Because I can’t let Pink Sith have all the taupes.

I do like a lot of the things I picked up, but, I do wish Target would carry more of the items on the website, because there are some new things on there I really want to snag and many more color selections, but, hopefully they’ll make it out into the real world soon.

What about you? Could you do a full face with $30? And would you stick with one brand, or would you try to mix and match? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to see the looks that the other lovelies managed to pull together:


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